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Yuvi fireworks lits up Durban sky; India hammer 218/4

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Yuvraj Singh became the first player in Twenty20 history to hit six sixes in an over as India posted a mammoth 218 for four against England in their Group-E super eights Twenty20 Cup tie at Kingsmead in Durban on Wednesday.

Already resigned to elimination from the tournament following South Africa's victory over New Zealand earlier in the day, England"s misery was compounded as India smashed the third highest score in the competition, thanks to Yuvraj Singh pyrotechniques.

Yuvraj clobbered Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over. Yuvi who had a heated exchange of words with Flintoff in the previous over took out his ire on pitiable Broad.

Having been hit for five successive sixes himself by Dimitri Mascarenhas during this summer"s NatWest Series at the Brit Oval, Yuvraj went one better to hit 36 off Stuart Broad to become only the fourth man in history to achieve the feat following Sir Gary Sobers, Ravi Shastri and Herschelle Gibbs.

Earlier openers Virender Sehwag 52-ball 68 and Gautem Gambhir (58 off 41 balls) gave India a dream start. Sehwag and Gambhir shared a 136-run stand off 88 balls. However it was Yuvraj who put the finishing touches to a brilliant performance with a brutal carnage in the penultimate over to the innings.

India began the over on 171 for three and Yuvraj immediately set to work by hitting the first ball over long-on, then smashed further sixes over backward square-leg and extra cover.

Another flew over backward point, then he hit high over mid-wicket before completing the historic feat by clearing long-on to complete an incredible over.

When he was finally out in the final over, caught by Paul Collingwood at long-off attempting to drive Andrew Flintoff down the ground, Yuvraj had hit 58 off 16 balls - including seven sixes and three fours.

Brief Scores:

India 218 for four in 20 overs (Yuvraj 58, Sehwag 68, Gambhir 58; Tremlett 2 for 45, Flintoff 1 for 33, Maddy 1 for 20) Vs England.

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